A Bill seeking to hike salaries, allowances and pension of judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts was introduced on Thursday in the Lok Sabha.
The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill.2017, was tabled by Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Amending the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954 and the 1958 Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act., the Bill also seeks to increase pension, family pension and sumptuary allowance of the judges of the apex court and the High Courts.
The hike in the salaries of judges will come into effect from January 1, last year. Under the new Bill, the Chief Justice of India will get Rs 2.8 lakh (from Rs one lakh earlier).
The salary of apex court judges will now be Rs 2.5 lakh (Rs 90,000 earlier), Chief Justice of High Courts Rs 2.5 lakh (earlier Rs 90,000) and judges of HC Rs 2.25 lakh (earlier Rs 80,000).
The Bill seeks to revise the rates of House Allowance with effect from July 1, 2017 and the rates of sumptuary allowance with effect from September 22, this year.
The increase follow the implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of civil servants.
Under Article 290 of the Constitution, the state governments concerned will defray the additional expenditure in respect of Judges of High Courts.